Preacher Season 1 Finale Annotations: The Time of the Preacher

Welcome back brothers and sisters to our weekly feature, the Preacher Book Club, where we talk about the latest episode of AMC‘s Preacher, dissecting the episode at hand, annotating the changes made from the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon comic book series and attempting to predict about what will be coming next. So let’s dive right into our thoughts and annotations on Preacher episode 10, the season 1 finale.

Time of the Preacher

Like in the first episode, the season finale began with Willie Nelson’s song, “Time of the Preacher.” Not only does the song share a title with the first issue of the comic series, but Jesse actually sings the song in that issue while in a drunken stupor.

NYC attempted murder

When Sheriff Root is questioning Casssidy about his lengthy arrest record, which dates back many decades, he cites an “attempted murder” charge in New York City. This could be a reference to Cassidy’s relationships in the early days where he physically abused his partners. If anything it’s an acknowledgement of Cassidy’s history there. Furthermore, Root’s torture method of shooting Cassidy while he’s behind bars is similar to the torture he endured at the hands of The Grail in the comic series if not directly lifted from it.

Carlos & The baby

As I’ve said all season, none of this is in the comic and I think perhaps its only reason for existing was to bring Jesse and Tulip together, which is as good of a reason as any. Kind of glad its over though.

God on the throne

When Jesse uses the phone to call God (which isn’t from the comics), we see a comical impersonation of the Almighty who just tells everyone what they want to hear until Jesse finally figures it out: God’s gone and no one knows where he went. It’s a different type of revelation than from the comics, where Jesse learns the truth from deBlanc, of all people, but at least it gets the show back on the path of the series.

The Meat Girl

After their meeting with God, we see the people of Annville all handling the news in their own ways, and Odin Quincannon does that by making a meat-doll of his daughter and comforting her. This is a reference to the giant meat person that Odin has, ahem, relations with in the comics, since it seems we’re not going to be getting that now.

There goes the neighborhood

As predicted, the city of Annville exploded and though it shouldn’t surprise me, the news cast on the event explicitly said there were no survivors (save for the Seraphim that we see later, who meets her end at the hand of the Saint), so that means no more Odin and no more Emily, which is a shame. Odin’s storyline in the comic was one of the highlights, showing Jesse at the height of his badassdom, and Emily was a nice addition from the source material.

“Tulip wants french fries”

The episode concluded with Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy talking about what comes next at a diner and its a pretty good recreation of the first issue of the comic series. Though the conversation is a little different, it’s on track with what the characters are doing in the comic, right down to the Five Aces Diner itself which is directly recreated. The big change I suppose is how Jesse sees Eugene everywhere he goes now instead of The Duke.

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